Today is the first Bank Holiday that we have had since the Coronavirus Lockdown came into force. It is Good Friday. And the weather is lovely. The sun is out and its warm. I have seen loads of people walking past my house. Partaking of their one hour of Government approved exercise I should imagine.
I have spent most of the morning relaxing and making the most of my holiday. I took the dog for a walk first thing. but a little later than usual. It did mean that I came across more walkers than I would have preferred. As always happens when I go out for a walk I am reminded how lucky I am to live where I do. Especially at the moment. Even with the Coronavirus lockdown and the restrictions on our daily lives I have this bit of nature that I can enjoy. I can walk out of my house and across the road and I am in fields where I can walk for miles and pass a couple of very happy hours (or as per the guidlelines – one hour max) on a lovely morning like it was today.
A Bit Tired From Last Night
Last night was Thursday night which always means our virtual knit night with Loraine from Woolly Madly Deeply. And just to try and forget the fact that I had really bad stomach cramps from eating a “may contain gluten” chicken rub at lunch time I decided to have a couple of glasses of wine. We also had our regular Clap for our Carers intermission which has happened at 8pm on a Thursday for the last three weeks in recognition of all those working hard to get us all through Coronavirus.
This morning I was feeling a little dehydrated from the wine. I wasn’t hungover, but I could definitely feel that I hadn’t had enough liquids the night before. So I had a leisurely breakfast and watched the movie Diana whilst working on my cardigan. Everything else could wait. I wasn’t going anywhere and no one was visiting!
I have done some housework, but its a holiday so I’m not really feeling in the mood for doing what I should have been doing every day so far. And the weather is so nice that pretty much the only cleaning I have done was in the back garden.
I am lucky to have a really nice outside space to use during the Coronavirus Lockdown. So I thought I should get it tidied up and use it. I washed down the table and the sun loungers that have been out all winter. I then hosed them down just to make sure.
Arthur loves the hose and thought that I had got it out for him. That meant that both of us got a little bit wetter than had been intended. Well, Arthur got a lot wetter than I had intended! I have now got my laptop all set up on the nice clean table and I am working there whilst the weather stays nice. There is a little nip in the air, but not enough that I need to go in. I am going to stay out and enjoy the fresh air for as long as I can.
As I said I have been working on the neckline of my cardigan. I feel like I have been going round and round and decreasing for about a year! I am making progress though, even if it doesn’t feel like it. I am really close to finishing the decreases and then I will be able to get ready for the steeking. I am a little eager to get to that point. Hopefully I will be able to share some photos with you tomorrow.
Since the Coronavirus Lockdown really began two weeks ago I have been getting in to a lovely little routine. I don’t mind being at home with the kids and the dog all day. We have our own things that we enjoy doing that keep us busy during the day. Then in the evenings we often spend time together watching a movie or playing cards. The dog always needs walking, feeding and entertaining. I have my live streams with Loraine and I am enjoying writing down my daily thoughts in this blog.
The PM is in ICU
Then things took a major turn for the worse last night. Not for me personally; but, I fear, for the country. I had been watching a few documentaries and comedy panel shows on the Iplayer. Thinking about turning the TV off and reading for a bit before going to sleep. When I noticed a breaking news alert on my phone. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been admitted to Intensive Care as he was struggling to fight off Coronavirus.
Now, I don’t care what your personal opinions are of the man. And I don’t know what your political views are. But this is not good news. For better or worse the man is in charge of the country. He is our Prime Minister and he is probably in this position because despite getting a positive test for Coronavirus he continued to work and push himself because of the situation the country is in.
I watched the news for a bit before going to sleep last night. Not something that I would usually do. I think for my mental health and my physical health I need a good nights sleep. And watching the news is not really conducive to that.
As you would expect the news didn’t really cover much else this morning. The PM would appear to be doing ok. He spent the night in ICU but was not sedated and was not on a ventilator. Dominic Raab is the First amongst equals and deputising. All anyone can do now is wait.
Keep Calm and Carry On…
So we are British. Lets put the kettle on and make a lovely cup of tea. We need to remember our national motto and Keep Calm and Carry On. We have an inherent belief that the Yorkshire motto will come to pass and It Will be Alright. And with that in mind let me share with you some of the knitting projects that I have been working on during the Coronavirus Lockdown.
Loraine and I are still hosting our Knit Along – Cowlabunga. This was something we had planned before the world was turned upside down. And it has been something lovely to concentrate on during the past few weeks.
I started with the Rose Textured Cowl by Loraine. I had a lovely ball of Big Cakes in a gorgeous blue and grey colourway. The two went together really well and I loved making it. And even more I loved wearing it when I went out to the shops last week.
My second project has been Behind the Green Door. I am really enjoying this cowl. It is one that I am able to work on whilst I am talking to Loraine or when I speak with my family on the phone. I can pick it up and put it down without worry. And I am loving the way the colours from the yarn are changing. Just one more row….
The Stork is Coming
My step-daughter and my niece are both expecting baby girls at the end of August/beginning of September. This has given me the opportunity to buy lots of pink wool and start designing baby things again. I will share more about these projects in future posts.
Don’t forget to join Loraine and I in our Knitting Across the Pennines group on Facebook where we go live every afternoon. If you have anything you would like to ask then just shout!
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Last night the Queen gave the nation a rousing speech to help us get through the Coronavirus Lockdown. It is only about the 5th time she has done this when it hasn’t been Christmas in her entire reign. And boy did we need it. I didn’t watch it live as I was spending some much needed time with Caitlin and we were in the middle of Dirty Dancing. But I watched it this morning and I have to say Liz has done it again. I love the Queen and this speech was just another example of why. If you didn’t see it you can watch here – Queen’s speech.
Loraine shared a funny meme about the speech earlier in the day on our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. She also joked to me that she was going to be putting the Christmas tree up. We Brits do like our black humour. And Coronavirus is definitely lending itself to it.
Just as we were feeling buoyed up and patriotic from the Queen’s pep talk, just as we were starting to think we could get through and things would be OK – the news that BoJo has been admitted to hospital for tests following the continuation of his symptoms from the Coronavirus. 10 days after he tested positive and he still has a temperature and, I believe, difficulties with his breathing.
The news hit the headlines and the well wishes started to roll in. Even Donald Trump called an unexpected press conference to sing the praises of the British Prime Minister and wish him a speedy recovery.
Making the Most of it…..
This morning as I was walking Arthur in the drizzle I suddenly thought I should really be making the most of our early morning walks in the fresh air. After the antics of the Covidiots at the weekend and the Health Minister threatening that if the stupid few continue to ruin it for the majority that all outdoor exercise could be banned. I assume that if that happens that even dogs won’t be getting the exercise that they so desperately need until the Coronavirus Lockdown is lifted.
So I slowed down and got out my camera. I looked around at all the signs of spring and just enjoyed the rain that was in the air. It had been drizzling on and off for the entire time since we had left the house. But that was OK because it meant that it would be quieter. The “softies” being put off from going out too early and saving their walk for when the weather may have improved.
Arthur certainly enjoyed his walk. The train went past us and as always he went tearing off as if he could catch it. After a short burst he realised he had no chance of keeping up and returned to me.
Just to Lighten the Mood
Just to make us smile a bit on what is probably a hard day for us with two weeks at home under our belts, I thought I would share some Coronavirus memes that have been circling on the internet. I have collected a few and will share more in later posts. A lot of them are typical of the black humour that I enjoy. I hope they bring a little cheer to your day and don’t offend you. I think in times such as these we all need to find a smile where we can. Stay safe and I will leave you with Queen Elizabeth’s words – “We will meet again.”
Just a little reminder that Loraine and I go live in our Knitting Across the Pennines group on Facebook every afternoon. We would love it if you could join us. Or if you can’t then please check out the recordings on You Tube.
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